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Courtesy: Columbus Destroyers Media Relations

COLUMBUS – The Columbus Destroyers, presented by, proudly announced a partnership today withKaleidoscope Youth Center for ‘Pride Night’ this Friday at Nationwide Arena at 7:00 pm when the team takes on the Atlantic City Blackjacks. In the lead-up to this special night, the Destroyers are donating $5 back to KYC for each ticket purchased using the ticket link

“We are very excited to partner with the Columbus Destroyers,” said KYC Deputy Director Karen Hewitt, who will do the coin toss during the pre-game ceremony on Friday night. “Visibility and representation continue to be extremely important in this work. In athletics especially, it is so important for people to be able to be themselves and to create successful opportunities in their future.”

Additionally, a select number of Destroyers players and front office staff will pay a visit to KYC Thursday at 1:00 pm to tour the facility, initiate meaningful dialogue with members of the staff and educate themselves about positive youth development activities that are implemented to all of those in the LGBTQIA+ community who enroll at KYC. To show their support, some of the Destroyers players will be wearing rainbow-themed shoelaces during the game on Friday night.

“We are excited to be working with such a tremendous organization like Kaleidoscope Youth Center,” said Destroyers Chief Operating Officer Rich Witmeyer.  “The staff there does so many things in the city of Columbus to help provide stability and support to a group that most certainly needs it.”

Not only will kids and staff from the Kaleidoscope Youth Center be in attendance for ‘Pride Night’ this Friday at Nationwide Arena, but local drag queen Hiliana Perez, who can be found at @p_hiliana on Instagram, will also be in attendance. She will serve as special in-arena co-host for the evening.

(2000-2015) - San Jose SaberCats Season Ticket Holder (2005-2015) - Ran the fan club for the San Jose SaberCats (2002) - Attended ArenaBowl XVI, San Jose (2008) - Attended ArenaBowl XXII, New Orleans (2015) - Attend ArenaBowl XXVIII, Stockton (2016) - Started 9th Man Nation (2016) - Covered ArenaBowl XXIX, Glendale, AZ

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